I’m not certain who has more fun at our Studio B Portraits’ Girl’s Night In Photoshoot Parties…you’d like to think it is the actual gals…but I’m sure that I’m a close second 😉 As you can see the girls were having a great time “getting their model on” as we rocked out during Birthday Girl Rachel’s “Black & Bling” themed party & photo shoot! Shout out to our make-up artist magician Tiffany for the fabulous faces that she created for our girls.
Unless this is your first visit to our blog, you probably know that we are currently casting for our NEW 2014 Studio B Seniors Model Team (Open to current High School Juniors – CLICK HERE for details on applying) and today I’m thrilled to continue our model interview series featuring another of our awesome girls from last season — Mercer Island High School beauty Kelly. To say that she is my Favorite — with a capital “F” is a total understatement. Kelly has such a positive glow about her and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree — her Mom is just lovely too! Kelly and I spent the better part of our photo shoots gossiping about the latest installment of The Bachelor and trying to predict his next move (…at least it’s like four IQ steps above Honey Boo Boo, right?) Here’s all of the inside scoop for trends, fashion and reality TV from Kelly!…
1. NAME: Kelly
2. SCHOOL: Mercer Island High School
3. My style right now is… cute and comfortable!
4. Favorite magazine: Seventeen
5. Favorite retailer: Nordstrom http://shop.nordstrom.com/
6. So “Right Now”: I love infinity scarves, and scarves in general! They will never go out of style!
7. So “Over it”: Crop tops… Yikes.
8. My favorite color(s) are: Lavender and baby blue!
9. My celebrity style icon is… Lauren Conrad. I love how her style is casual, beachy, and girly! And she always looks put together!
10. My favorite Studio B Model moment was… At each shoot, Brooke and I would constantly talk about our obsession with ‘The Bachelor’…
11. My favorite Studio B photo was taken while I was holding my old film camera, leaning against the side of an old building. It’s truly a unique picture, and it honestly looks like I could be in a different country… And I love the sepia tone!
12. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for my senior pictures! Brooke is an amazing photographer who makes you feel comfortable, and she accommodates to your style. I love photography, and she definitely inspired me to pursue it as a career!
Look out Mickey Mouse…you might just be looking at the Disney Channel’s next Super Star! Meet Olivia — working the camera like a professional at just 10 years old. This sweet girl is headed for a second round of auditions with the Big Cheese (hee hee…get it? Mouse? Cheese?…alright I’ll stop 🙂 ) and needed updated professional headshots and a composite card (aka comp card) for the next step in the interview process. Olivia is everything that a photographer, casting director and agency would want in a working child actor or model. She’s extremely personable, polite and takes direction well but clearly is still a kid that is genuinely having fun and doing what she enjoys. It’s this last part — the authentic joy of the activity — that makes her so great awesome to play pictures with…her little giggle was infectious as she sang to a Miley Cyrus song!
March 25-29th is Professionals Week at Studio B Portraits — that special week of the year that our rock star Head Shot Special becomes just a little more fabulous. This all-inclusive portrait session gives you everything you need to refresh your look, and update your marketing and Linked-in profiles with your new contemporary headshot. Mention Studio B Portraits Promo Code PW13 to receive $25 off your session. Need a little inspiration for your head shot session? Be sure to read our great article with tips for taking a great headshot and managing your personal brand –also…check out our our gallery of business professionals at www.StudioBheadshots.com
With Professionals Week coming (March 25-29), I knew this was the perfect time to talk all things “Professional Business Headshots.” Hands down, my very favorite thing about business head shot photo shoots is learning more about what these professional men and women do when they are not in front of my lens. The more I know in advance of clicking…the better the results so before I even picked up the camera to photograph Veresh (above) we spent time chatting about a topic that is REALLY interesting to the both of us — “Managing Your Personal Brand” If you’re thinking…”Uh, my what?” — don’t worry! Putting it simply…your personal brand takes the same concepts that corporations like Mac, Mercedes Benz, Disney, & Nordstrom have used successfully and applies them to you as an individual. These great companies have meticulously crafted their images and messages to give us a very clear sense of what to expect when we do business with them. Imagine the power of doing this for yourself when you are creating profiles on Linked-In, Facebook, blogs, community service, business marketing pieces and collateral? The idea that a potential employer, prospect or business partner would already have a positive perception of you before you’ve even met with them is an extremely compelling reason to give some thought to the following:
1. Why are you getting photographed? There are as many reasons as there are people! For example… It’s been a long time since your last head shot photo…or your current headshot is terrible; you have a new job…want a different job; got an entirely new hair cut/color, weight loss, contact lens instead of glasses…it’s endless!) What’s important to remember is that the reason and the use should dictate the overall finished image.
2. The look and feel of the finished images. Are you going for contemporary, warm, friendly? OR maybe something completely polar to those concepts…seasoned, intimidating, direct? Giving thought to the “personality” of your head shot will drive you in the right direction when you’re posing in front of the camera and allow your photographer (that would be me 🙂 ) to guide you easily through the shoot and help you translate your vision.
3. Visual specifications: Crops, colors, expressions or any other pertinent influences to how we will need to proceed are important. Definitely do your research and find samples of what you really like visually. To kick start your creativity there are tons of places to get ideas and I have a recent post about where to look for headshot photos that you can check out here. Additionally, if you have multiple outlets for your headshot — you may want to consider a scheduling a Portfolio Session that includes different backdrops and wardrobe changes so that it’s not Groundhogs Day (ie the same photo of you in every website or publication)
Hope this has been helpful and if you are feeling this overwhelming urge to schedule a new Headshot Portrait Session…check out www.StudioBheadshots.com and contact us about our Professionals Week Headshot Special.